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#01-08-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Map of the coast of the Pacific Northwest --- ...
Map of the coast of the Pacific Northwest --- Islands and major straits of the northern American pacific coast showing Prince of Wales Island (Alaska), Queen Charlotte Sound (Canada), Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait, Baranof Island, Chichagof Island, Juneau Icefield, Stikine Icecap and other (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
POW Residents Feel Quake, Head To High Ground
By Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan | January 7, 2013 - 5:17 pm
The big question in Southeast Alaska this weekend was, “Did you feel the quake?” In some communities, it was, “Where’d you evacuate too?” or “Did anything break?” The 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck at 11:58 p.m. Friday, with more than a dozen weaker aftershocks following for hours. The temblor, which some called “The Midnight Quake,” hit about 60 miles west of Craig, on Prince of Wales Island.  KRBD’s Leila Kheiry talked to people in Ketchikan and on Prince of Wales Island about the quake and its aftereffects. Marble Island, population five, is about as close as you can get to the epicenter of Saturday morning’s earthquake, and still be on land. The small island is just off the northwest coast of Prince of Wales Island, across from Edna Bay. Cindy Wyatt lives there with her husband and two children. They were awake when the earthquake hit, because one of her children had gotten up for a.... http://www.alaskapublic.org/2013/01/07/pow-residents-feel-quake-head-to-high-ground/


Congressman Issa Wants More Information About the EPA's "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment"
01/08/13
A powerful member of Congress is threatening the EPA with subpoena's if the agency does not turn over documents related to the "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment". KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (1:29)...  http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=2426


Seafood issues on tap for municipal conference
Posted 01/07/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Fisheries, seafood and maritime economic and workforce needs are on the agenda for the 25th anniversary Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference economic summit, Feb. 20-22 at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage. Mayors Jerome Selby, Kodiak Island Borough; Stanley Mack, Aleutians East Borough; Dan O'Hara, Bristol Bay Borough, and... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1302seafood-issues-on-tap-for-municipal


Projects recieve preliminary approval for Alaska Sustainable Salmon funding
MOLLY DISCHNER
Jan 7, 2013 - 01:18 PM
Projects throughout the state received preliminary approval for funding from the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund. The fund is managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and includes the state’s chunk of federal money meant to protect Pacific salmon and steelhead populations and habitat.... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/Blogs-2013/Projects-recieve-preliminary-approval-for-Alaska-Sustainable-Salmon-funding

Fish Processing Ship Spills Diesel Fuel in Kodiak
By Abby Hancock & Kuba Wuls
8:21 p.m. AKST, January 5, 2013
Kodiak, Alaska—
A fish processing ship sitting in the Kodiak harbor, spilled an estimated 150 gallons of diesel fuel on Saturday. The U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety Detachment responded to the leak from the vessel Pacific Producer. Officials with the Kodiak harbormaster, Kodiak Fire... http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-fish-processing-ship-spills-diesel-fuel-in-kodiak-20130105,0,5271416.story

Kristen Dixon rice cakes with smoked salmon
Jan 04, 2013
In my job, and in my continuous pursuit of culinary education and inspiration, I travel intensely during certain times of the year (breakup and freeze-up, basically). I like to bring home small packable foodstuffs from my travels and it seems that it is in the depths of winter, when our lives are a little quieter, I finally get around to hauling my treasures out from the pantry. Besides the Argan oil from Morocco and the maple syrup from Quebec, one souvenir that holds particular allure for me is the sushi rice I brought back this year from Japan.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/slideshow/kristen-dixon-rice-cakes-smoked-salmon

Private Sector Slowly Continues To Boost Southeast Alaska Jobs
January 08, 2013
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The private sector produced 500 new jobs in Southeast Alaska in 2012 according to Alaska Department of Labor Economist Mali Abrahamson. A diverse set of industries contributed to the new jobs in 2012 — much more diverse than in 2011, when gains were exclusively in mining, seafood processing, health care, and professional services..... http://www.sitnews.us/0113News/010813/010813_jobs.html

New Asian interest in Alaska LNG, state official says
Alex DeMarban | Jan 06, 2013
Alaska's effort to develop the largest natural gas field in North America is basking in a burst of sudden attention from potential Asian buyers and investors, says a key state official. The interest follows the Parnell administration's decision to tout the benefits a large-scale liquefied natural gas project in Alaska could mean to governments and utilities in Asia. Gov. Sean Parnell and Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan traveled separately to the continent in September to demonstrate to officials how the North Slope gas field can help meet growing demand in countries such as South Korea or Japan. Entities such as Korean Gas Corp. (KOGAS), the world's largest buyer of liquefied natural gas, are continuing the dance with the state. They have requested follow-up meetings and more data, and in some cases..... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/new-asian-interest-alaska-lng-state-official-says

Researchers uncover some good news for BC's troubled salmon populations
January 08, 2013
(SitNews) - A University of Alberta led research team reported some positive news for British Columbia's pink salmon populations, and the salmon farming industry that has struggled to protect both captive and wild salmon from sea lice infestations. There has long been concern that concentrations of sea lice in BC's fish farming pens spread to wild fish stock in surrounding waters. The researchers discovered that by changing the timing of sea lice treatments, one salmon farming region not only improved the health of their farm Atlantic salmon.... http://www.sitnews.us/0113News/010813/010813_salmon.html

Four Smoked Salmon Listeria Recalls In Three Months
January 7, 2013 By Carla Gillespie Leave a Comment
A Sam’s Club recall of smoked salmon issued at the end of December is one  of four smoked salmon recalls issued in the last three months  for possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  Two possible illnesses have been reported in association with one of these recalls. Here’s what consumers need to know...... http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2013/four-smoked-salmon-listeria-recalls-in-three-months/